Check out here all the fresh happenings in Mazouka
Join zouk dancers from all over North America
in a zouk experience to remember!
(Featuring a Newcomer Track for those new to zouk!)
As new as zouk is to our city, it may be surprising to learn that Toronto has likely the biggest Brazilian Zouk community in North America! We want to bring together the budding scenes in other Canadian and US cities, and build connections that will help zouk to thrive even more in all of our communities.
Over 50 of the keenest zoukers from across North America (and even a couple from Europe!) are coming to party with us from . Let's show them the amazing zouk community that we have here in Toronto!
What can I expect at ZoukEX?
A super fun, affordable experience!
A whole weekend of zouk awesomeness for $99. Yes, seriously.
Duringday, you'll have 9 hours of workshops to choose from, taught by experienced zouk instructors from New York, Miami, Knoxville, Montreal and beyond.
3 Nights of Zouk Parties
Amazing zouk dancing with great dancers from all over. Tunes spun by DJs from Toronto and abroad, featuring the one and only DJ Nyx!
They'll be short and sweet -- a showcase of performances from different cities, including Miami, New York, Montreal and Toronto.
Roda de Zouk
An experience not to be missed! A massive group dance where the whole room zouks as one! Take a peek at a small intro class from a couple years back:
Jack & Jill Competition
Partner up with dancers from other cities in a fun social-dance competition for great zouky prizes! No partner required to enter, and no choreography involved -- just improvised social dancing!
afternoon we'll take it to Centre Island and party on the beach! Those of you who missed out on our beach party last year will know better this time. ;)
for dancers of other styles (salsa, swing, etc.)
Register for a Newcomer Pass and you'll have access to the All-levels workshops throughout the weekend, plus all the parties and other activities! To prepare you for the weekend, you'll be automatically registered for ourZouk Crash Course, where you'll learn the fundamentals you'll need for the rest of the workshops.
What better way to give zouk a try than to dive in head-first!
Thank you to everyone who came together in the last 3 weeks to help make history, as the largest international dance flash mob endeavour ever! Thousands of dancers from 100 cities in over 30 countries around the world, dancing together on the same day.
On September 16th, between 3PM and 5PM, we hit up Dundas Square and two locations in Kensington Market, sharing our dance with our city.
At our third location, Augusta Ave in Kensington Market, we zouked in the street and caught the eyes of many people passing by:
Check out the International Zouk Flash Mob Day Facebook group to see what other groups did in their cities!
This weekend, Danielle and I witnessed Amer and Lavinia take the title at the Brazilian Beat Congress Zouk Competition. They constructed their choreography using movements they found on YouTube (including lifts!) and a tiny bit of help from us to figure stuff out and polish things up. They practiced really hard, upwards of 3 times a week and endured a few injuries along the way. It paid off in the end as they put on a gorgeous choreography, impressing the international superstar judges, Renata Peçanha and Jorge Peres, and leaving their instructors beaming with pride.
Watch their winning routine here:
Junyan kept people moving on the dance floor both Saturday and Sunday nights, DJing some of his best music. He and partner Chantel also came in 3rd place in the Bachata Competition!
For those who missed the shows last night, check out the performance of "Loving You" right here:
2011 was an amazing year for Mazouka, and 2012 is shaping up to be even more incredible. We kicked off the year with our 2012 Open House & Anniversary Party, where over 100 people came out -- some to try zouk for the first time, and others to celebrate one year of building a fantastic zouk community in Toronto.
Our Zouk Me Tuesdays social started off this year with an intro to Roda de Zouk. Lots of people came to try this super-fun group form of zouk. Check out the video below:
Now that everyone is back into the flow of our regular zouk classes, we're excited to announce a new weekly class! Our new Zouk Style & Technique Program is the perfect way for both new and experienced zoukeiros to continually refine their skills. This 5-month program is designed to teach both leads and follows how to gain command of their own body movements in zouk and feel great while doing it. This class is open to all student currently taking either Zouk II class or higher. Classes start Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30, right before Zouk Me Tuesdays.
Find out all the details or REGISTER HERE for either a 1-month pass or the full 5-month program.
online sales for our popular "Zouk Me" and "Dance Love Zouk" t-shirts and tank tops! Quantities are limited, so order early to avoid missing out. For local (Toronto) zoukeiros, you can still buy in-person to save the cost of shipping -- just find us at Zouk Me Tuesdays or contact us ahead of time to pick up your shirt in class!
9th Annual Canada Salsa Congress next weekend! In addition to the largest salsa dance floor at any event in Canada, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights will feature a dedicated zouk & bachata room for the first time ever. Don't miss Mazouka's own Junyan Boon spinning zouk rhythms made to set the body in motion.
Mazouka will be zouking it up all three nights of the congress -- come find us on the dance floor and stop by our Mazouka Booth to pick up some sweet music and new zouk gear.
Sunday night, Junyan and Danielle will perform their routine "Gravity", and Friday night will feature a number of great zouk performances by other local and international zouk dancers.
Zouk Me Tuesday was in for something special -- Toronto's first-ever lesson in Roda de Zouk, a group version of zouk that is danced in a circle, with partner switching between each move. Such an awesome way to get zouking together as a community!Everyone who came early to this week's
We'll have a freshly printed batch of our notorious "Zouk Me" t-shirts at tonight's social! This is the FINAL RUN of these shirts and we have limited quantities in each size, so bring $20 to snag one of these before they're gone!
But we want to make Tuesday nights *your* night! Request your favourite songs before you come, and invite your friends to come give zouk a try -- even if they're completely new to zouk, one of our zouk ambassadors will be happy to help them get started!
Here's one taste of what went on this Tuesday. Check out our Facebook Page for all the pics and videos!